It's almost 2012 and that means it's time to start talking Halo 4. The next game in the series continues the story of the Master Chief sometime after the events of Halo 3. 343 Industries and series veteran Frank O'Conner chatted up some of the details of the game with website DigitalTrends.
Chief has been floating in space for quite some time now along with his AI companian Cortana, last we saw they were heading towards a planet that looked covered with technology - most likely tied to the Forerunners. The first change we're going to notice right away his how the Chief appears in Halo 4, though no specifics were given, we're told we'll be seeing "fairly radical modifications to his armor."
Cortana is undergoing some changes as well, as an AI her lifecycle was only supposed to last 7 years before entering rampancy.
Cortana was getting close to the end of her natural lifespan at the end of Halo 3 but she has been exposed to far more information than any other AI in existence. She’s going to develop some muscle from that process but it also contributes to her rampancy – that much information makes things worse.”
The last bit of detail revealed - this is going to be a dark series. With things getting worse before they get better in Halo 5 and Halo 6. No release date or other details have been given about Halo 4 other than an expected 2012 release date.